Emirates Airlines, the national airline of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will start double-daily services from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, from May 1, 2009.It will also increase the weekly flights between Dubai and Jakarta, in Indonesia, from 7 to 10, from the same day.
Emirates will use Boeing 777 aircraft on both routes.
With the launch of double-daily flights between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, Emirates will introduce First Class cabin service on 4 of the 14 weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur.
The three additional flights between Dubai and Jakarta will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and will introduce over 1,200 passenger seats and around 50 tonnes of cargo capacity per week per direction, Emirates said.
Emirates Flight EK358 will depart Dubai at 10:55 hours and land at Jakarta at 22:35 hours. Flight EK357 will leave Jakarta at 17:55 hours and arrive in Dubai at 22:45 hours.
Also, with effect from May 1, 2009, the existing Flight EK357 flight would be renumbered to EK359, while flight timings and days of operation would remain unchanged.
Emirates Flight EK342 will depart Dubai every Wednesday at 10:30 hours and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 21:35 hours. The return flight EK 343 will leave Kuala Lumpur the following morning at 02:00 hours and reach Dubai at 04:50 hours.
Flight EK346 will leave Dubai every Sunday at 03:15 hours, reaching Kuala Lumpur at 14:15 hours. On the return leg, Flight EK347 will leave Kuala Lumpur at 19:30 hours and reach Dubai at 22:20 hours.
Besides, with effect from May 1, 2009, the schedules of existing Flight EK343 and Flight EK347 have been revised.
The Jakarta flights would provide business travellers “smooth connections to Johannesburg, Kuwait, Muscat, Doha and Bahrain, and support the Indonesian government’s initiatives to boost trade and commerce with Africa and Middle East,” Emirates said.
The extra cargo capacity, according to Emirates, would boost Indonesia’s exports of garments, leather, shoes and tropical fish to Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Emirates said the start of a three-class service between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur would cater to increased tourist arrivals from the Middle East to Malaysia during the June-September holiday season.
The announcement by Emirates Airlines, a major airline in the Middle East and a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, comes on the heels of the release of World Bank’s forecast that reveals a 5.3% rise in the gross domestic product of the Far East region in 2009.
According to aviation experts, the Emirates’ move also follows economic talks between the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia, as Indonesia is trying to step up bilateral cooperation with the Middle East and Africa.
Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president (commercial operations worldwide) of Emirates Airlines, said that “despite the current economic environment, the Middle East and Far East regions continue to register growth in their travel and tourism industries.”
In the Far East, Vaughan added, the travel and tourism industries were expected to register annual gains of 6.3% over the next 10 years.
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